Chandigarh: Chandigarh famous for its high living standards has the dubious distinction of being a home to maximum number of diabetic patients in the country.

In a shocking revelation by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the epidemic of diabetes looms largely over Chandigarh where nearly 13.6 percent population suffers from the disease. It is followed by Tamil Nadu with 10.4 percent, Maharashtra 8.4 percent and Jharkhand 5.3 percent of diabetic population.

Surprisingly, diabetes has spread its tentacles in 21 villages near Chandigarh, where 8.3 percent of population is affected with diabetes.

According to the survey 6 million people in Maharastra, 4.8 million in Tamil Nadu, 9.6 lakh in Jharkhand and 1.2 lakh in Chandigarh are suffering from diabetes.

However in comparison to others states, Chandigarh has maximum number of people who are vulnerable to risk factors.

Giving detailed information about the survey, Head of Department, Endocrinology at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Dr Anil Bhansali said the survey included people above the age group of 30.

“Over 11.8 million people in the age group of 20-30 years are diagnosed with diabetes. Out of which 14.6 million are vulnerable to risk factors,” said Bhansali.

Attributing sedentary lifestyle as the prime reason for escalating diabetic patients, Bhansali said urban lifestyle has made people more susceptible to diabetes. “Consumption of junk food, obesity, hypertension, lack of physical exercise is risk factors of diabetes," said Bhansali.

JPN/Bureau